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Dartford man charged with causing serious injuries to police officer in M25 motorbike crash


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A man accused of riding a motorbike the wrong way down a motorway and seriously injuring a police officer has been charged.

Patrols and a police helicopter responded to reports of a suspected stolen motorcycle in north Kent at around 3pm on Sunday

A police officer was seriously injured in the crash
A police officer was seriously injured in the crash

The black and orange KTM Duke motorbike later joined the M25 near Dartford where it is alleged to have travelled against the flow of traffic.

At around 4.05pm on the anti-clockwise carriageway near junction 3 for Swanley, the motorcycle collided with a roads policing constable who was out of his vehicle.

The officer suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A suspect was arrested later the same day in Dartford.

Charlie Bishop, of Hillhouse Road, Dartford, was charged yesterday with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, causing serious injury by driving dangerously and aggravated vehicle taking.

The 26-year-old was remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court today where he was remanded to a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on February 22.

Since the incident, messages have flooded in on social media as policing teams across the country and members of the public wish the officer a speedy recovery.

Investigators are still continuing to appeal for witnesses who may have seen the incident to contact the appeal line.

They are also keen to hear from anyone with privately held CCTV, or motorists with dashcam footage who may assist the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 01474 366149, quoting reference 23-0643.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or using the online form available on their website.

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